The importance of partnership emerged as the key theme of a one-day high-level food security conference held Sept. 13 in Istanbul, Turkey.
The conference was co-hosted by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and featured private agriculture and agribusiness companies. It focused on promoting private sector investments in the agriculture sectors of the Mediterranean countries.
“This meeting is another step forward to helping the private sector to enhance production and employment, using the expertise of the EBRD and FAO in the food and agricultural sectors,” EBRD President Suma Chakrabarti said.
The conference also reflected a call made by the heads of FAO and EBRD in a recent opinion piece: Private sector companies need to increase responsible investments in agriculture to help solve long-term food security issues. EBRD and FAO also reiterated their call for better and more enabling investment environments.
“There can be no freedom from hunger — there can be no food security — without the active participation of all sectors of society, including the private sector,’’ FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said.
Investments also need not be limited to financial and in-kind contributions, da Silva stressed as he urged private sector companies to also lend political support to efforts to boost global food security.
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